The Crazy Canucks was a group of Canadian alpine ski racers who rose to prominence in the World Cup during the 1970s and '80s. Dave Irwin, Dave Murray, Steve Podborski, Jim Hunter and Ken Read earned themselves a reputation for fast and seemingly reckless skiing.
Four of the five "Crazy Canucks" live on today. On October 23, 1990, Dave, Steve and Jim lost a fellow competitor and dear friend, Dave Murray to skin cancer.
These five men earned their title "Crazy Canucks" from a man named Serge Lange, who after watching their different styles came up with the name that caught on with sports journalists throughout the skiing world
These five men were at the top of their game and most known for it in Europe as Europe is most competitive in skiing. Once these men hit the European hills, they flew down them beating the Europeans at a game they had never lost before within their first year competing.
In 2006, it was announced that the four original Crazy Canucks would be receiving stars on Canada's Walk of Fame. They would all be inducted as one group. The only other skier on the walk is Canadian skiing legend Nancy Greene.
Crazy Canucks was a TV movie named after and based on the history of the team. It was released in 2004 in Canada. The film was directed by Randy Bradshaw and starred Lucas Bryant (Read), Curtis Harrison (Podborski), Kyle Labine (Murray) and Robert Tinkler (Irwin).
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- The founding of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team
- CBC Digital Archives – The Crazy Canucks: Canada's skiing heroes
- Crazy Canucks IMDb
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